Bangarang – a media player

June 11, 2010

Upcoming noise, chaos and disorder

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — jamboarder @ 11:51 am

Whew!!  After a crazy 2 months of on and off travelling, I’m finally back home and settling in for the summer.  It finally looks like the sun will be kind to Seattle starting this weekend – I had a beenie on at the Sounders FC match last night… seriously… it’s June… let’s get with the sun and the warm already…

Anyway, there’s lots of work to do to get Bangarang 2.0 into it’s testing and release cycle.  I’ve been getting a great deal of welcome help over the last few weeks from Stefan Burnicki, for which I am immensely greatful!  The last few weeks have been mostly about some refactoring and maintenance, so between that and the travelling the new feature clip has been somewhat slower.  It’s not been at zero though: you can now set the number of items in the Recently Played, Frequently Played and Highest Rated media lists, edit and browse by nepomuk tags, as well as few other tidbits here and there.  A full description of new features will be provided when 2.0 is released.

Regarding the 2.0 release cycle, I hope to get most of the rest of the 2.0 feature list  implemented in the next 2 to 3 weeks. There’s still more media semantics work to do.  I’m hoping to take advantage of the nepomuk user action ontology to improve on the media semantics implemented so far.  I also have a few ideas for optimizing list engine performance and well as few other welcome, quick-to-code-up features not on the feature list.  I’m keeping a careful eye on startup time and basic memory consumption since it really is not my intent for Bangarang to be everything to everyone.

In any event, hopefully sometime around the end of June we can release an alpha to get some early testing feedback, with a feature freeze and beta shortly after that.  The project is on a feature based release cycle, so it’ll be ready when it’s ready.  That said, I’m really eager to get this next release out.  Sooo, if you’d like to see a Bangarang 2.0 release sooner rather than later and would like to help, feel free to stop by the project page or just speak up here.  We welcome both coding and non-coding help.

peace and much respect!



  1. On the non coding help front:

    1. I totally love bangarang and where it is going, thanks for driving it.

    2. It currently isn´t possible to add more than one category to some movie – e.g. assigning “Action, Drama” results in some “Action, Drama” category. Prefered solution would be to handle it as a “,” seperated list with the possibility to use “” for multi word categories (that might contain a “,”.

    Same prolly is true for actors and so on (only tried with categories).

    Once again, thanks for developing it 🙂

    Comment by Chris — June 11, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    • I’m hoping to add multiple property (genres, actors, etc.) support. It’s part way there with the nepomuk tag support but it’ll need a little more work on the plumbing. I’m optimistic.

      Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

      Comment by jamboarder — June 11, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  2. Thanks for the great work mate. simply can’t wait

    Comment by Bigbrovar — June 11, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  3. Love it! 🙂

    Comment by mutlu — June 12, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  4. hey,

    i’ve got a problem with dragon and you could help me really out. i have developped a kio-magnet ioslave (see in playground) which transparently uses ktorrent to stream load magnet links (torrent ressources, if you haven’t used them already) on the fly and makes the urls accessable from all over kde like for example file or http. i can even already use kde’s great integrational architecture to embed a html5-video tag in khtml+phonon-xine with a transparent backup to a http-ressource for firefox and others to load as well.
    but to actually promote/videoshoutcast this new magnet link integration (also as prototype for gnome or firefox) it should be possbile to demo it nicely with a nice video player loading when you click on magnet-links for video (could also promote to use kde sc on windows and mac as it will never be possilbe without a desktop-vfs there for filesharers). this sadly works only with the demo phononplayer in playground and not with dragon. amarok btw doesn’t support stream-loading from kio either, which would be nice since you could share whole little collections then there (or in bangarang). i’ve now hoped that bangarang supports loading kio ressources with phonon. sadly it can’t.

    i hope to do a proper release of this little cool ioslave once ktorrent 4.1 gets released, which i hope will be soon, since the streaming stuff in it is already awesome (instant torrent playback) and you can watch the movies inside its spartan mediaplayer. still if your player supported kio (check against sftp for example), it would be the only player to support this and you could even load rss feeds for links like that then, as i’ve seen on this post. hope you can help me out. i’ve already send bug reports and bugged eean (the author of dragonplayer) on #phonon about it, but they seem to be focused on libvlc support and not really interested in dragon atm. i’ve tried to get a basic understanding of the problem dragon could have with phonon, but i’m not really into phonon.


    Comment by whilo — November 22, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

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